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Old 06-03-2019, 08:08 PM
Rodney Walker Rodney Walker is offline
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Default Re: Lye in my e-tank.

I'm done cleaning my cast iron.
Not a very scientific experiment I'll admit. I did learn a few things though.

Lye in the E-tank does work. The concentration used for stripping carbon makes adjusting the current a little touchy. It tends to run hot.
It was easy (especially after the bulk of the rust was off and the pans were getting a better contact with the water) to overload my PS. Running less anode makes it harder to get good line of sight between the anode and the pan for optimum cleaning. More adjusting of the positions of anode and pan was necessary.

Toward the end it was either just soak the pans or use electrolysis on only 1 pan in the tank to avoid overloading the PS.
If you're doing multiple pans it's probably more practical to have separate lye and E-tanks.

The Erie and Lodge 4 in 1 both had significant pitting. Like craters on the moon pitting. They're still usable, just ugly and IMO of no collector value. It doesn't matter. I don't plan to sell.
Here's how they look now.
Sorry for the poor pictures.
The Erie #8
https://www.flickr.com/photos/977797...posted-public/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/977797...posted-public/
The 4 in 1:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/977797...posted-public/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/977797...posted-public/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/977797...posted-public/
The Lodge 9 Arc Logo with last night's dinner. Of the three ( I count the 4 in 1 as one piece) this one was in the best condition.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/977797...posted-public/
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